The second full year of operation for the state’s public-private economic development organization was nearly as rocky as its first one. Gov. John Kasich has made it clear many times that he stands behind his keystone creation JobsOhio. At his final public speech in December, he called it “the most important economic development tool in America.”
“JobsOhio went through some political nonsense, and that – we’ve kind of cleared the brush on that, I guess they’ve kind of given up on that. And now this organization is starting to grow.”
While state leaders have been busy debating and passing laws that could impact you and your family, the General Assembly has also spent many hours on bills that, in the end, were left on the table.
There were 387 bills proposed this year in the House and 257 in the Senate, and most of them didn’t pass—and some have no chance of passing. But some did come to a vote. One that sparked controversy was a bill that would make several improvements to concealed carry laws, including tighter background checks.
When you look back at what the Ohio legislature did this year, you’ll discover a lot of controversial bills didn’t actually pass both chambers. Perhaps the biggest bill passed this year, the $62 billion dollar budget, also had some of those controversial bills attached to it.
Now that the Ohio Supreme Court has made a decision on Medicaid expansion, it appears it’s here to stay - at least for now. After the Medicaid expansion vote before the Controlling Board in October, the lawsuit was filed and then was fast-tracked to get a ruling by the end of the year so there were no oral arguments before the justices. Four of them agreed that the Controlling Board had the authority to approve spending $2.5 billion federal dollars on Medicaid expansion. The other three dissenting justices wanted to dismiss the case.
The way states draw congressional districts may be a contributing factor to the dysfunction of today's political climate, according to an investigation by the Dayton Daily News published earlier this week. While gerrymandering is nothing new, it's now much easier.